Farmers fear trade war impact despite Trump tariff payments
Half of the producers in a Purdue poll say announcement of Trump tariff payments did nothing to allay their concerns about lost income during the trade war with China and other major customers for U.S. ag exports.
As farm bill conference begins, Grassley says he may vote ‘no’ in the end
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the dogged advocate of stricter farm subsidy rules, said on Tuesday that he might vote against the farm bill if his payment limit provision is cut during today’s pro forma meeting of Senate and House farm bill negotiators.
New campaign targets top cafeteria operators
A coalition of organizations that represents farmers, ranchers, fishermen, students, and food system workers launched a new campaign Tuesday that targets the purchasing practices of the country’s top cafeteria operators.
Duration of decline tops magnitude as farm income issue
While there are signs that farm income is stabilizing, economists Brent Gloy and Dave Widmar say their foremost concern “is more about the duration than the magnitude” with the fourth year of persistently low income going into the books.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Wheat group closes Moscow office (U.S. Wheat Associates): Export-promoter U.S. Wheat Associates will close its Moscow office on October 1, part of a restructuring that reflects Russia’s new role as a major exporter rather than a market for U.S. grain.
Solar rays keep milk cool (Christian Science Monitor): Only a portion of Kenya’s 1 million dairy farmers are on the electrical grid; construction of solar-powered refrigeration plants means higher income for small-scale producers.
From Europe to China, swine fever is menace (Guardian): China, with the world’s largest hog population, grabbed world attention with discovery of African swine fever in its herds but from Romania to Russia, Europe also is combatting the disease fatal to hogs.
Senator seeks dairy access to Canada (Schenectady Daily Gazette): The new NAFTA “has to protect New York’s dairy farmers” by expanding U.S. access to Canada’s milk market, said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a letter to U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer.
Free-meals-for-all likeliest in poor neighborhoods (USDA): Almost half of eligible school districts participated in a USDA program that provides free meals to all students, with rates highest among districts with the highest number of students from low-income families.
Living la vida cinematográfico (Los Angeles Times): Molly and John Chester left Santa Monica in 2011 to start a 130-acre organic farm; their adaptation to country life is the subject of a documentary, “The Biggest Little Farm,” being screened at film festivals.
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